A parents quick guide to Apprenticeships

Posted in Apprenticeships on August 03, 2017
Author: Sam Reed

As a parent, you want your son or daughter to get the best possible start in their working life. There are many options available to school leavers, with apprenticeships now being recognised as a preferred alternative to university degree courses. Many people now choose an apprenticeship as a means of getting ahead in a career and gaining real work experience and skills.

The Specsavers Apprenticeships offer a real job with training and career prospects. Your son or daughter will earn while they learn and gain a nationally-recognised qualification at the end of their programme. They will work alongside experienced professionals and have the opportunity to develop a career that suits them.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An Apprenticeship is a real job with training which would allow your child to earn while they learn, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.

How will your child benefit from doing an apprenticeship?

  • Your child will experience structured training in job related skills
  • Your child can benefit from career progression and strong prospects
  • Your child will receive mentor support
  • Your child will be earning a salary
  • Your child can benefit from increased lifetime earnings
  • Your child can potentially progress to degree level

Entry requirements

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To undertake one, you will need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • Living in England or the ET and to have done so for the last three years
  • Not in full-time education or currently on another apprenticeship/NVQ

Apprenticeship Levels

Name                                    Level                   Equivalent Educational Level
Intermediate                       2                             5 GCSE Passes at grades A*-C
Advanced                              3                             2 A Level Passes
Higher                                    4, 5, 6 and 7        Foundation degree and above
Degree                                    6 and 7                Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree

Apprentice Wage

The minimum apprenticeship salary is set by the government and gives people the opportunity to earn whilst they learn. At the discretion of our local store directors many of our apprentices progress on from this salary very quickly.

See what our apprentices say:

'I’ve always worn glasses and always wanted to work at Specsavers. With the apprenticeship, you gain lots of experience and are also given time for study and to attend courses.'
Bethany English, apprentice

'The thing I am most proud of is how quickly I have learnt some of the different skills. I find the dispensing side of things really interesting.'
Richard Fry, apprentice

'I’m more confident talking to customers and knowing how to deal with them. Now I am going to continue working my way up to hopefully eventually become a dispensing optician.'
Jassie Rampling, apprentice

If you are looking to get your son or daughter into an apprenticeship scheme then see what roles we have available in your local area by clicking the link on the right hand side of the page.